Lenovo is doubling-down on its virtual reality efforts, launching a Google Daydream headset and its very own VR Mirage camera.
Having already established itself in the world of augmented reality, the tech firm announced a self-contained headset based on Google’s Daydream platform – called the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Most other VR headsets actually make use of a smartphone to display the images, while utilizing other smartphone features (such as the accelerometer) to track where you are looking. This one is different, in that it has all that tech already built-in.
The Mirage Solo’s black-and-white design looks similar to Samsung’s Gear VR, but with a headband shape that’s more similar to PlayStation’s virtual reality efforts. We’re not convinced it’s better-looking than Google’s fabric-covered Daydream View, but it seems inoffensive enough.
Of course, once you pick up a virtual reality headset the next challenge is content. While there are now thousands of apps and games that make use of Google’s VR API (and now YouTube also supports the standard), user-created VR content has always been a rather expensive thing to do. Hence the creation o Lenovo’s Mirage Camera.
If the Mirage Headset is designed to consume VR media, the Mirage Camera was built to create it. The camera has two 13-megapixel cameras that capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, which is then streamable to YouTube over Wi-Fi. The body packs a 1/4-inch camera screw with tripods, a power button, a shutter button, and a function button — which toggles between photo, video, and live streaming.
VR video usually translates to 360-degree video, where a user can turn around and see what’s behind them. The Mirage Camera locks orientation at the 180-degree mark which, it says, makes it easier for creators to centre on subjects and tell stories.
Both products are slated to come out later this year.